Srinagar, Kashmir: The Indian army enacted an “encounter”, reportedly on Friday, for some Indian news channels after they failed to capture the exchange of fire between the militants and the troops, in Indian-controlled Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, in which five Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants were killed.
A local news gathering agency, CNS, reports that the overnight encounter between the Indian army and militants in Indian-controlled North Kashmir’s Preng area of Kangan occurred in the absence of media and no Indian news channel was able to capture the live shots.
Soon after the General Commanding Officer, Victor Force concluded his press briefing, some of the reporters working for some top news channels requested Army officials to enact a drama so that they could present it as a real encounter.
“Army was kind enough to oblige to the repeated requests of these local reporters working for some of the India’s news channels,” CNS quoted witnesses saying.
“Reporters and cameramen of four Indian news channels were taken to a nearby willow field adjacent to Wusan Camp of 24 Rashtriya Rifles. The labours who were extracting sand from Nallah Sindh were ordered to leave the place to pave way for Army personnel to fire some shots,” a local reporter said.
Reports said that Army kept on firing and cameramen captured those shots from different angles, which finally were aired on these news channels depicted as real “encounter.”
Some of the reporters even presented themselves before camera giving an impression that they are in the middle of the encounter.